SHIRLEY POPPY Double Mixture
Hardy Annual - Height: 2 1/2 feet
See our test garden photo of: Shirley Poppy
Beautiful and easy to grow flowers in shades of pink rose and red. Grows well in cool climates and is used to accent natural settings and wild or informal flower gardens and landscape beds.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant seed directly outdoors in early spring. Cultivate soil, mix seeds with a cup of sand and broadcast lightly over planting area. Lightly rake into soil or cover with light soil to a depth of 1/16 inch. Can be sown-in fall in mild winter areas.
THINNING: When plants are 2 inches high, thin to 8 to 12 inches apart. Does not transplant well.
GERMINATION: 10 days to 2 weeks at 55 F. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plant in a sunny location with well drained soil. Once plants are well established, water only as needed. Thrives on a certain amount of neglect For cut flowers, cut stem just before buds open and sear stem end in flame immediately. For prolonged color sow successive plantings and remove old flower bases. May re-sow.